Even though I use natural skincare and makeup, my skin still gets congested and becomes dull at times. So I like to detox my skin on a regular-ish basis. While these are nothing new, I thought I would show you what I do when my skin needs a little extra attention. These are inexpensive, easy and all done from the comfort of home.
Steam Facial: Steam facials are a simple and effective way of giving your skin a great deep down cleansing and detoxing. It helps soften the outer layer of dead skin cells as well as remove toxins, oil and other build up that can occur in the pores. It’s also said that the steam increases circulation which aids in cell renewal, which can speed up the healing process of blemishes. The cleaning out and opening of pores also allows better penetration of the products you use after the facial.
I add a few extra steps to my facial to get maximum benefits, after steam facials my skin is always softer and brighter.
Here’s what you do: (This can all be tailored to suit your skin and what you believe is best for you)
-First you want to thoroughly clean your face and make sure you remove all makeup. I use jojoba oil to make sure I get rid of all traces of makeup and dirt, olive oil also works well. You can use your favourite cleanser.
-Next you want a bowl of hot water, it can be below boiling point. Just place your face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel to make sure you trap the steam in. *It’s important to keep your face a good distance from the water to make sure you don’t scald your face. Water that’s too hot and close can damage your skin and cause broken capillaries. Start from a distance and slowly move closer to the water until you feel you are at a comfortable distance.
-You can add essential oils, herbs or dried flowers to the water. I actually added a herbal tea which contained peppermint, lavender and rose petals. While benefits from doing this are unlikely, it does make for a more relaxing and enjoyable experience. After having a crap day, this was a lovely way to wind down and relax. Great if you want something a little more indulgent.
-I usually steam my face for 10 minutes. Again this is up to you and what you feel is best.
-After 10minutes I wipe my face with a clean cloth.
-Next I apply a thin layer of oils (I don’t rub it in), I used jojoba and avocado oil (again you can use whatever you like).
-I steam my face again for an extra 5 minutes with the oils on. This helps the oils penetrate the skin better.
-After 5 minutes I lightly pat my face with a cloth and then rub the excess oil into my skin. You can always wipe the oil off.
-To finish of the facial splash your face with cold water to close your pores.
*You can use a moisturiser if you feel you need it. Using the oils is usually enough for me.
*You can also exfoliate either before or after the facial.
I’ve been loving this lately, it’s relaxing, softens my skin and leaves it brighter.
Green Clay Mask: This is the cult Indian Healing Clay and apple cider vinegar.
I’ve done a post on this already, so I’ll keep this short. Again this is good for detoxing and bringing impurities to the surface.
-Like the steam facial, thoroughly cleanse your face beforehand. You can even do a quick 5 minute steam before you apply the mask to open up your pores.
-I use ACV because it mixes better with the clay to make a smooth paste. You can also use water if you have sensitive skin.
-Because this is more intense/harsh than the steam facial, I only apply a thin layer to my t-zone when I suffer from blackheads
-I let the mask completely dry. Tailor the time to your skins needs/sensitivity.
-Rinse off with warm water and splash with cold water.
-Apply your favourite moisturiser.
So this is what I do when my skin is dull, congested and needs an extra boost. If you have any favourite masks or at home spa treatments, then let me know